Ranji final: Pandey keeps Karnataka hopes alive

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 19:44 [IST]
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Ranji final: Pandey keeps K'taka alive

Mysore: Manish Pandey keeps karnataka hopes alive as the team still needs 203 runs to win the coveted Ranji Trophy.

An unbeaten half century from Manish Pandey (59*), under pressure, helped Karnataka reach 135/3 at stumps on the third day of the Ranji Trophy finals at Mysore on Wednesday.

Karnataka, who now trail by 202, were in trouble when they lost three wickets for just 46 runs. Pandey and Satish have so far added 89 runs for the 4th wicket and Karnataka will need much more from them to win the Ranji Trophy.

Satish hit five fours in his 125-ball innings while Pandey hit nine fours in his 71 ball innings.

For Mumbai, Agarkar was the pick of the bowlers claiming all the three wicket to fall.

Earlier resuming at 108/5 Mumbai added another 126-run before being bundled out for 234 in their second innings. Abhishek Nayar (50) and Dhaval Kulkarni (87) scored fighting half centuries to put Mumbai on drivers seat.

Kulkarni also added a crucial 61-run for the 9th wicket with Ramesh Powar (28*) to help Mumbai take a 337-run lead.

Abhimanyu  Mithun, who finished with figures of six for 71 was the chief wicket taker for Karnataka.

Mithun's statemate Vinay Kumar, who bagged three wickets, swelled his season's tally to 46.

Karnataka then made a disastrous start, losing M Gautam (0) to a horrendous slash at a distant Agarkar delivery.

But Pawan (23), who struck four delectable boundaries during his 23, and Ganesh Satish raised hopes of a Karnataka fightback.


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